The Emmanuel Art Gallery at the University of Colorado Denver announced today the internationally acclaimed Pop artist Jann Haworth will exhibit her work for the first time in Colorado at the gallery. Haworth is best-known as the co-creator of the Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, which Rolling Stone magazine named the most important album cover of all time and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.
CU Denver will host the ambitious exhibition of Haworth’s artwork opening August 24, 2017. When Haworth collaborated with the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper, she took the bold stance of insisting they include women in their wall of heroes. Now fifty years later, the artist continues to create timely artwork addressing Pop culture, social equality, and women’s roles.
The Emmanuel, located in the heart of Denver on the Auraria Campus, is the University’s space for exhibiting the important art of our time. Housed in the oldest church building in Denver, the former church and synagogue now-turned art gallery is a space dedicated to providing meaningful experiences with art and artists.
As pioneer of “soft sculptures” in the early 1960s, Haworth is known as an artist who pushes boundaries and assumptions. As a revolutionary in the Pop Art movement, Haworth was one of the few practicing and recognized women artists in 1960s London. She purposely created her art from materials with domestic associations such as fabric, thread, and buttons, to address and question preconceived notions about women in art and more broadly women’s roles in society.
“We are thrilled to have Jann Haworth at the Emmanuel Art Gallery as the kick-off to our new contemporary art exhibition program at CU Denver this year. Jann’s work is wonderfully engaging in that it is both complex and accessible, poignant and humorous. Her message about the importance of women in the world is as relevant today as it was when she began sewing soft sculptures as a prominent Pop artist in the sixties,” says gallery Director and Curator Jeff Lambson. “We hope that through engaging with dynamic and timely art at the Emmanuel, we might be inspired to reconsider some of our views and have more empathy for those around us”.
Haworth has exhibited her art at significant museums around the world, including the Smithsonian, Royal Academy, Walker Art Center, Tate, and many others. Haworth grew up in Hollywood as the daughter of two artist parents and later attended UCLA, the Courtauld Institute in London, and the Slade School of Fine Art. Inspired by the landscape of the West, she now divides her time between Salt Lake City and Sundance, Utah.
Haworth is available for media interviews and a media preview of the exhibit on August 23 & 24, at the Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria Campus. Call Laura Parker to arrange an interview.
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